Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others, Book 3
Publication: Roc (March 3, 2015)
Description: The New York Times bestselling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest—where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price…
The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.
Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon's only hope of ending the conflict.
For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon's doorstep…
My Thoughts: This third book in the Others series has all sorts of political intrigue happening. The Others have freed many of the blood prophets from their imprisonment but now are having trouble finding a place where they can survive. They are depending on Meg to tell them how to make conditions acceptable for the other girls. But Meg has learned by trial and error. Each time she comes up with something that might help, it is shared. But she is afraid that it might be too little and too late.
Montgomery's daughter Lizzy comes to him after her mother's death carrying a stuffed bear stuffed with jewels and a diary containing potentially dangerous information about the Humans First and Last party. She also brings assorted enemies on her trail who want the jewels and the diary. Luckily one of the "wolf police" was riding the same train and noticed her as an unaccompanied child. Nathan is one of Meg's wolf guardians and knows Lizzy's father too.
Meanwhile, the Humans First and Last party is making it difficult for those who interact with the Courtyard. They are also encouraging humans to breach their contracts with the Courtyard. This is angering all the Others and endangering all humans. Tensions rise to a new height when the Others realize that the keepers of the girls who are blood prophets are breeding them and killing all the boy babies. If the members of Simon's Courtyard didn't know some humans, this could have been enough for the Others to exterminate all humans in Thaisia.
I particularly liked the story of the young blood prophet who finally names herself Hope. Watching her learn to interact with the world was interesting. I also liked the growing relationship between Meg and Simon but wouldn't be able to define it. Some humans think that they are falling in love but both of them are identifying the relationship as friendship. Given that they are different species, I think that friendship is the most the relationship can ever have but am willing to debate the issue with other readers.
I liked the combination of humor and incredible tension in the story. I hope that there are more books coming in this series.
"Some of you have become like the Intuits—you're considered not edible because you have made a bargain with the terra indigene that will benefit both sides." He looked at Pete and let a hint of the Wolf show through the human form. "But most humans are clever meat. The are also predators that come to our land and keep trying to encroach on our territory. We won't allow it. We never have. That's something humans tend to forget."I bought this one for my Kindle. You can buy your copy here.